1701 COLEGATE DRIVE, MARIETTA, OHIO 45750 * 740-
Project WAVE is a transition program for young adults with disabilities. The program, whose main goal is employment, is offered to students who have completed all high school graduation requirements and are between the ages of 18 and 22 years old.
The school year program provides structured educational experiences designed to support the long term goals of employment, independent living, and community participation.
The History of WAVE
Project WAVE originated as a collaborative effort on the part of the Washington County Career Center and the Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities. These two agencies were interested in providing a new opportunity in Transition services for students with disabilities. Project WAVE was modeled after a successful program at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, called Project Search, which began in 1997, and was initiated after it was recognized that the hospital setting was the most appropriate place for this vocational program. "The American College of Healthcare Executives encourages its members to lead their communities in creating working environments that enhance the opportunities of persons with disabilities to gain and maintain employment." *
Recognizing the innovative work of Children's Hospital in our sister river city, it became an obvious avenue to seek out the partnership with Selby General Hospital, and therefore Project WAVE was born and held its first class in the 2002-
• Be a Washington County Resident, 18 to 21 years old
• Be on an IEP (WCBDD Eligible students will have priority)
• Have a desire to explore career options and get a job
• Have met all high school graduation requirements
• Possess basic communication skills
• Display appropriate social, grooming and personal hygiene skills
• Be independent in feeding and toileting skills
• Be willing to use community transportation
• Have the ability to learn and follow rules and directions in the work place
There are no tests in the Project WAVE class room, however, WAVE students participate in class discussions and class projects designed to teach essential vocational and life skills.
In class the students will discuss goal setting, identifying personal talents, teamwork, following instructions, voicing opinions, understanding emotions, accepting criticism.
Community Classroom -
The WAVE classroom has relocated. They are located at the Marietta Armory, room #9, on Front Street in Marietta, Ohio.
Opportunities are also offered to students to give them a one or two day view of various job or career fields. Businesses such as Peoples Bank, Harmar Place, Cambridge Home Health Care, Old Town Bakery, and at Greenleaf Nursery have provided WAVE students with opportunities.
Past Internship Sites:
• Selby General Hospital
• Marietta College grounds crew
• Marietta College/Chartwells Dining Services
• Marietta Memorial Hospital/Aramark Dining
• Head Start classroom at the Ewing School
• Harmar Place Nursing and Rehabilitation
• O'Neil Center -
• YMCA -
WCBDD (Ewing School) 740-
The Marietta Armory, 241 Front Street, Room #9 740-
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